Season Series: 1-3-0
All-Time Record: 195gp (78-90-15-11)
PHI: 60pts, Voracek (19g-41a)
NJD: 51pts, Hall (19g-32a)
(PHI: 53-for-269, 19.7%, T-13th)
(NJD: 43-for-237, 18.1%, 19th)
(PHI: 189-of-237, 79.7%, T-22nd)
(NJD: 197-for-246, 80.1%, 20th)
1. THE ROAD LESS TRAVELED
The Flyers play their final road game of the 2016-17 season, owning a 14-22-4 record away from home… Claude Giroux leads the team in scoring on the road, posting 29 points (6g-23a) in 40 games… Six Flyers in total have appeared in all 40 road games this season (Giroux, Bellemare, Voracek, Simmonds, Provorov & VandeVelde)… The Flyers own an all-time record of 17-18-10-3 in their last road game of the season.
2. LATELY THE TEAMS HAVE
The Flyers dropped their last game, 4-3 at NYR, but have won four of their last five and have averaged 4.00 goals per-game in that stretch… For the New Jersey Devils, tonight is the second of their home-and-home series vs. Flyers, not playing since their meeting on Saturday in Philly… The Devils have dropped six straight games (0-4-2) and have just two victories in their last 20 games, going 2-14-4 dating back to Feb. 19.
3. PLEAD THE FIFTH
Tonight is the fifth and final meeting between the two clubs, who met just three days ago with the Flyers posting a 3-0 shutout win at the Wells Fargo Center… Prior to that, the Devils won the first three games of the season series… The Flyers have scored all six of their goals in the series in the first and second periods… Defenseman Michael Del Zotto leads the Flyers with three points (1g-2a), while Adam Henrique, Kyle Palmieri and Taylor Hall each have four points in the season series for NJ.
4. THIS, THAT & THE OTHER
THIS: Three Flyers come into tonight with five-game point streaks - Shayne Gostisbehere (1g-6a), Brayden Schenn (3g-3a) & Jordan Weal (4g-2a).
THAT: The Devils rank fourth among all NHL teams since Feb. 1 on the power play at 27.9% and lead all teams on the man advantage at home since that date, operating at 31.6%.
THE OTHER: Kyle Palmieri averages over a point per-game against the Flyers with 13 points (8g-5a) in 11 games - it is the only NHL team he averages over a point per game pace… Claude Giroux leads the Flyers with 36 points (9g-27a) in 39 games against the Devils.
5. PLAYERS TO WATCH:
FLYERS (D: #53 - Shayne Gostisbehere)
Gostisbehere comes into tonight on a five-game point streak and a five-game assist streak after posting seven points (1g-6a) while also recording a +4 rating in that stretch… Of his 31 points, which lead Flyers d-men, 23 have come on the power play, which ranks seventh among all NHL defensemen, while his 21 power-play assist are fourth among all NHL d-men.
DEVILS (C: #37 - Pavel Zacha)
The 19-year-old rookie has points in eight of his last 11 games, recording eight assists, which is a third of his total NHL points this season with 24 points (8g-16a)… Zacha had a few good scoring chances and tied for the most shots on goal in the last meeting (3) in 17:07 of playing time, which was the most ice time he had seen in a span of 21 games.
TODAY AT 50
On April 4, 1968… Winners of the new NHL Western Division in their inaugural season, the Philadelphia Flyers opened the 1968 Stanley Cup playoffs against the St. Louis Blues on April 4, 1968. The game was played at the recently re-opened Spectrum, which had been closed for a month after sustaining roof damage.